Supermarket boss Chris Kiley says he's not building the third runway at Heathrow at his Gower home
A SUPERMARKET boss has hit back at claims he is building "the equivalent of the third runway at Heathrow" at his Gower home.
Chris Kiley, the founder of CK's Supermarkets, rejected the suggestion he was creating a landing strip as "nonsense" on land at his Caswell Bay mansion after removing some of the hedgerows.
The entrepreneur said he had bought the land near the property to allow his 10-year-old daughter to ride her horse there.
But Swansea Council said it had been in touch with Mr Kiley after he removed hedgerows near his property Bay House.
A local authority spokeswoman said they had served a hedgerow replacement notice and were monitoring the use of the site.
Residents at Bishopston's Pact meeting, held at the community hall in Murton Green, said they understood Mr Kiley had been in touch with the Civil Aviation Authority about the future use of the land. They further claimed that he had told workmen to carry on removing the hedgerows after a stop notice was issued.
But Mr Kiley hit back at the claims and said that the hedgerows which had been cut were not ancient as had been suggested.
He said: "The reason I bought the land is that my daughter is 10 and is into horses.
"I was going to put a track around the field that's my future plan.
"It's hardly the third runway at Heathrow I'm looking to build.
"It's just nonsense — I can't believe it. It's a comedy show."
Mr Kiley added: "The guy who took the hedgerow down is only 48 and he planted them — they are hardly ancient hedgerows."
During the course of the Bishopston Pact meeting, retired chartered accountant Roger Brace, 66, of Kilfield Road, Bishopston, said: "If you want to go horse riding is it essential you get in contact with the Civil Aviation Society?"
Residents claimed Mr Kiley has until February 28 to replant the hedgerow.
At the meeting Councillor Keith Marsh claimed Mr Kiley had told contractors to "ignore" a stop notice on removing the hedgerow and vowed "it's an issue that is not going to go away".